College of Business

Department of Economics

Economics is the science of decision-making. Economics examines how individuals, businesses and government make choices in everyday life. Students learn to develop and analyze economic models that stress causal relationships. Students also learn rigorous statistical analysis that allows them to turn data into actionable insights that guides policy decisions.

The University of Akron's Economics and Business Data Analytics programs prepare students for a career in Economics by providing a high-quality education rich in experiential learning and the opportunity to learn from the best.

Our Department of Economics is the home of the Ohio Economic Forum (OEF) that takes place every spring. Here is a recap of our last OEF.


Economics at The University of Akron

Undergraduate Programs

BBA Business Data Analytics

Students that graduate with the STEM degree, BBA in Business Data Analytics, are prepared to answer important questions that arise in organizational decision-making that can be informed by economics and statistically analyzed using data.

BA in Economics

Students that graduate with a BA in Economics, a flexible liberal arts degree, are trained in economic theory along with data analytic and critical thinking skills required to investigate real world economic issues in society.

Accelerated BA in Economics/Juris Doctor (JD) degree

Students that graduate from this accelerated degree program learn a unique set of analytical and problem-solving skills essential to understanding and addressing complex legal and economic issues, and earn their bachelor's and law degree in just six years. Learn more about this NEW degree here.

Economics at The University of Akron

Interdisciplinary Programs

Minor in Business Data Analytics

The 18-credit minor in Business Data Analytics is perfect for students who want to complement their current major with skills that include data acquisition, data analysis with statistical techniques, and proficiency in data analytic software packages.

Minor in Economics

The economics minor is an 18-credit program with sufficient flexibility to complement any major at UA. Students are trained in basic economic theory along with critical thinking skills required to investigate real world economic problems.

BA in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics

Students that graduate with a BA in Philosophy, Political Science, Economics, an interdisciplinary degree, will be prepared to enter a broad range of careers that require critical thinking skills and a diverse knowledge background.

Economics at The University of Akron

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Economics

Gain hands-on experience conducting original research in a career-focused, federal STEM approved program in applied economics and economic data analytics. You will learn to apply economic theory for causal inferences and predictive modeling using sophisticated statistical and mathematical applications to make strategic, data-driven recommendations that support firms' decision-making processes.


Economics at The University of Akron

SAS Certificate

Through regular coursework that utilizes the data analytics software program, SAS, undergraduate students can earn an Economic Data Analytics Certificate of Completion jointly offered between the SAS Institute and The University of Akron. This certificate provides tangible evidence to employers of our students’ econometrics and data science skills.

Economics at The University of Akron


Students get paid while you gain on-the-job experience with employers in the region as part of the economics curriculum.

Employers get an opportunity to hire interns that have critical thinking skills and data analytic skills.

For Parents

The UA Family Info Hub provides parents and families with checklists and guides to make the process of applying and starting school as painless as possible.

Economics at The University of Akron


Every year, incoming and continuing Economics students can apply for the Lung-ho Lin Memorial Scholarship and the Dilley Family Endowed Scholarship in Economics

Incoming Business Data Analytic majors can also apply for College of Business Scholarships.

The University of Akron provides affordable excellence for students and their families through the Akron Guarantee Scholarship.

Economics at The University of Akron

Undergraduate Research

Economics students conduct their own independent research in their senior project as a capstone, which requires them to use statistical and data analysis to research an economic topic.

Economics students have received external recognition for their research by presenting their senior projects at local and regional conferences and by publishing in a peer review professional journal. Read some of the senior projects.

Economics at The University of Akron

Job Placement

100% of our graduates find jobs upon graduation or go on to graduate school because of the strong market demand for economics majors.

About one-third of our undergraduates go into a graduate program and about two-thirds find analyst positions in degree relevant jobs within six months of graduation in organizations such as Goodyear, Progressive Insurance, KeyBank, FirstEnergy, the FBI, and Team NEO.

Students are provided strong support to get ready for the job market through The University of Akron's Career Services.

Economics at The University of Akron

College of Business

Come attend The University of Akron's College of Business, a Top 50 Nationally Ranked Business School with Dual Accreditation.

The College of Business EDGE Professional Development program provides students with professional development activities so our graduates are career ready and connected.

The University of Akron and the College of Business provide a wide-range of services and resources to assist you throughout your college career.


Economics at The University of Akron


You will learn from the best! Our faculty are exceptional leaders in their field. They provide students with individualized attention and will be your champions from day one.

Economics at The University of Akron

Ohio Economic Forum

The Ohio Economic Forum is an annual event hosted by the Department of Economics which discusses pressing issues related to Ohio’s economy.


Department of Economics
College of Business
259 S. Broadway St.
Akron, OH 44325

Phone: 330-972-2568

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Faculty Research

The Department of Economics receives research funding to find solutions to economic issues facing households, businesses, government, and society today. Find out more about the research by our faculty.

Advisory Board

The Economics Department Advisory Board comprised of alumni and distinguished industry leaders from across Northeast Ohio and the United States provides mentoring to our undergraduate students, scholarships, and guidance for the continuing development of its undergraduate programs.

Economics in the News

UA expands academic opportunities with new 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor degree pathways

UA expands academic opportunities with new 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor degree pathways

Earn your bachelor’s degree and your law degree in just six years

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Forum focuses on making Ohio lives better through workforce development

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Forum focuses on making Ohio lives better through workforce development

The annual Ohio Economic Forum at The University of Akron, with Loretta Mester, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, as keynote speaker. 

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Message from the Chair

Sucharita Ghosh

Sucharita Ghosh
Professor and Chair

Welcome to the Department of Economics at The University of Akron, where we focus on the application of economics to real-world problems of policy and business. Our undergraduate programs provide economics majors with broad knowledge of important theoretical aspects of economics as well as expertise in empirical analysis.

Our majors develop critical thinking and data analysis skills which are highly valued by employers. Our students learn how to ask interesting economic questions and use their training to pursue answers on their own in their senior project. After their undergraduate experience, students go on to careers in business, government and law, with many pursuing post-graduate degrees. The college advising office and I assist students in selecting courses, finding internships and choosing career paths. Our Economics Advisory Board members, usually alumni of our department, mentor our undergraduate majors and sponsor scholarships.

All of this is achievable due to our diverse and talented faculty who are excited to help students navigate the world of economics. Our faculty conduct research, publish in high-quality academic journals and advise businesses and government agencies. Their scholarship and experiences translates into high quality instruction in the classroom to support students' learning.

I welcome you to learn more about economics, our programs and our department by exploring our website. Please contact us directly if you are a prospective student interested in an economics major or business data analytics major so we can help you tailor an economics program that meets your interests and needs.

Grunberg Speaker Series

The Grunberg Speaker Series was inaugurated in 1998 with Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon, delivering the first lecture to honors the late Emile Grunberg, professor emeritus and eminent scholar in the fields of economic methodology and the philosophy of science.